Tyson Fury stunned Deontay Wilder with a seventh-round stoppage to claim the WBC world heavyweight title on Saturday night but the Bronze Bomber is furious with referee Kenny Bayless.
Fury showed he has many strings to his bow with his uncharacteristic aggressive tactics and he fought off the front foot for the entire fight.
Wilder claimed that the Gypsy King had “pillow fists” ahead of the fight but he was made to eat his words.
Fury landed blow after blow, knocking the Bronze Bomber onto the canvas in the third and fifth rounds.
With blood oozing from Wilder’s mouth and ear, and with little being thrown in return, his corner threw in the towel in the seventh.
The American was frustrated with his team for doing so – but he was more annoyed by the referee for not penalising Fury for some of his shots.
“Bayless had come in my dressing room, looked me in my eyes and said if I hit Fury in the back of the head – rabbit punch – or hit off of the break, he would disqualify me or deduct two points from me,” Wilder told the Athletic.
“I guess those rules just applied to me because they didn’t apply to my opponent.
“(Fury) hit me in the back of the neck and the head all night and Bayless didn’t do anything about it, to the point I got lumps and bruises.
“That was a thing that was very frustrating to me.”
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Fury did get a point deducted in the fifth round which only added to Wilder’s frustrations as he lasted out at the official.
“Why are you taking a point now when he’s been doing this all through the fight?” Wilder roared to Bayless.
“What happened to that speech? What happened to that disqualification? All those things you said you’d do to me?”
The deep cut to Wilder’s ear clearly affected his equilibrium but he felt that strike should not have been permitted.
“When I fell the first time, when he hit me in the back of the head, I turned around and held up my arms to the ref … by the third round, my legs were really shot,” Wilder said.
“The way I was hitting the mitts and training, I was more prepared for this fight than anything.
“The only thing I was not prepared to do was fight on wobbly legs.”
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